Alright, geeks, listen up! The Madames love reading, art and kickin' heroines. So, for our first post the Madames Moody and Anxiety are happy to bring you a list of amazing graphic novels/comics that you need to go out and purchase immediately (note the age ranges, young readers, and ask mom and dad before you pick up anything R-rated). Madame Moody's mom was not good at monitoring her reading...and you see where she is now! ;) So, read through our list, do your research and read some geeky books.
Madame Moody's Comic Picks
Madame Moody wants none of your run of the mill man saves the universe silliness! Madame Moody will have characters both diverse and complex. She loves to read heroine driven stories about women who are powerful and maybe a little evil. She happens to like it when a heroine is not all that...uh, sweet. So her reads are going to be a little on the violent side, and probably darkly funny rather than laugh-out-loud funny.
Girl Genius- Phil & Kaja Folio
Girl Genius has one a few Hugo awards, and it is no surprise to this lady why. It's a quirky comic starring a slightly clumsy, very smart and somewhat mad "Spark" by the name of Agatha Heterodyne. If you're a steampunk enthusiast, this is the comic for you. This comic as an old-world feel, but is swimming in mad scientists, experiments gone wrong, potions, machinery, tea, coffee, and SCIENCE! With some violence, some "sexy" references, etc. this is one you'll want to put in the mature young adult category, if you scare easily. However, my six year old loves this comic, so I'm not going to suggest you can't enjoy it if you're young. Madame especially likes Jagermonsters. They are hilarious, and, like herself, can't get enough of cool hats.
Nimona is a shark! Or a dragon! Or whatever the heck she wants to be! We are not quite sure yet why she can be these things, but we do know she has a very sad backstory that she's not ready to share, even with the wonderfully written Lord Ballister, her "boss." What could be a girl-sidekick story quickly turns into a tale of loyalty, hilarity and mystery. This comic seems to be a medieval sci-fi comic, with modern flares. This story has some violence and killing, but is suitable for young readers, and is actually very sweet. A National Book Award Finalist and a real treat, you'll love Nimona and want more.
The Rat Queens-Kurtis Wiebe
Okay, this one is really violent and has some nudity and many sexual scenes, so it's probably at 18+ recommendation. But The Rat Queens is a delightfully brazen look into a band of misfit women who help just as much as they hurt and who love each other unconditionally. There's a complexity behind each woman, in their backstories and personalities. These comics by Image are also very diverse in their cast, not sticking to stagnant narratives. I am so pleased by these comics and can't wait for more.
Madame Anxiety's Picks
Madame Anxiety has a dystopian, journey-driven taste that leads her to some dark characters, but she also has a sense of humor and spunk that leads her to fun, bright characters. She's eclectic, this one, in her tastes and suggests the following comics for those who want a wide range of great reads.
Squirrel Girl-Marvel Comics
Squirrel Girl: a comic that features a strong, realistically drawn female who is smart and funny. Marvel has done a great job featuring this bright, interesting mutant. Interested in becoming Iron man's side-kick, she quickly proves that she's more than capable of being more than just a side-kick and moves past his rejection of her to become her own superhero.
Saga-Vaughan and Staples
Saga: fantastic sci-fi, space opera and urban fantasy all in one? Yes please! Image does a delightful job in bringing us the most awesome comics. This one is riddled with complex characters, interesting backstories and engaging plot. If you like Star Wars, but want a little more female driven-narrative, this is a comic you need to pick up.
Wastland: a gritty post apocalyptic comic. It's psychological focus, careful pace and intriguing characters keep you reading. This comic is steeped in mystery. It's got some violence and heavy themes, to be sure, but is a good mature reader comic for those looking for a slower pace and thoughtful read.